The SFFS poses the question “Which rookie running back will have more rushing yards in 2018?”
Look, we all know that New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is likely to lead all rookies in 2018 rushing yards and win ROY honors, but which first-year pro will finish next in line?
Out of 122 votes, the Washington Redskins’ Derrius Guice was the overwhelming favorite, garnering 51 tallies. Rashaad Penny and Royce Freeman tied for second in the poll, each earning 21% of the votes. New England’s Sonny Michel finished last, with just 19 votes.
It was a little surprising to see Guice win by such a majority, but he is without a doubt incredibly talented and has a great chance at finding himself atop Washington’s depth chart early in the year.
Seattle’s Rashaad Penny looks like he could be a true three-down back for the Seahawks, but joins a crowded backfield that includes Chris Carson, C.J. Prosise and J.D. McKissic. We do however expect Penny to win the job in training camp, and he earned our vote in this poll.
The Patriots’ Sonny Michel also joins a crowded depth chart and will likely start the year behind Rex Burkhead and passing-back James White. Though he may be third in line for the Pats, no coach is better at utilizing multiple running backs than New England Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels. Michel may not get a ton of rushing yardage, but he should still have plenty of involvement in the offense.
Former Oregon Duck Royce Freeman will enter training camp in a battle with incumbent Devontae Booker for the starting role. We expect Freeman to win, and Bronco’s GM John Elway has already stated that he expects Royce to begin the season in a starting two-down role. Booker will be the third-down back, but with Case Keenum now running the Bronco’s offense, Freeman has a great chance to rack up the carries this year. It would not be a surprise to see Royce approach 1,000 rushing yards in 2018.
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